When life gives you lemons you don’t make lemonade, you buy Western Digital‘s Nomad case. It’s designed to protect a select number of their My Passport portable hard drives from shock, bumps and drops thanks to the tough polycarbonate exterior and soft elastomer cushion lining. Western Digital says that with the case in place, one of their hard drives can survive a 7 foot fall to the Earth’s surface. The case is also dust and moisture resistant, which means you can spill on it or toss it the arabian sands, though chances are the latter’s temperature will melt the drive’s internals. They’ve also outfitted the case with an opening for a USB connector so you never have to remove the drive and there is even a molded exterior ring for hanging it from a packpack or whatever you may fancy.
Western Digital sells it direct for $30.